Muharukua linked to Swapo

Vipua Muharukua

Former Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) chief whip Vipua Muharukua has hinted at joining Swapo.

This comes after Muharukua posted a picture promoting the ruling party’s presidential candidate Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

On the screenshot of the WhatsApp status post, the former lawmaker praises Nandi-Ndaitwah, saying she has clean hands.

“Clean hands. Committed to Namibians. Resolute and stable. Experienced,” he captioned Nandi-Ndaitwah’s picture.

Muharukua acknowledged seeing the picture, but did not confirm any linkage to Swapo.

“I’ve seen this photo circulating. I shall address this and other issues, including my future, at a press conference next week,” he says.

“I shall accordingly respond to these questions at the said conference. I hope to see you there,” Muharukua said.

Muharukua resigned from PDM earlier this year, saying he was looking for greener pastures.

“PDM internal stuff is really trivial as far as I’m concerned. My reason was provided to the PDM and the parliament,” he said.

Efforts to confirm with Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa proved futile, with questions going unanswered.

On his X (formerly known as Twitter), Muharukua said Namibians should vote for a “tested leader”.

“I, therefore, call on my fellow professionals, in all our disciplines, to elect a tested president, with steadfast leaders, who will constitute a government that will continue building a stronger Namibia, a Namibia in which our different disciplines can flourish,” he tweeted.

Muharukua also tweeted that the upcoming elections are not an experiment where the vote should be based on wishful thinking.
He says the decision should not be an emotional one either, it should be rational.

Political analyst Rui Tyitende has questioned what would lead Muharukua to join Swapo.

“Is it because Swapo is the dominant party and chances of political advancement are high? What influenced his decision to flirt with Swapo,” he asks.

He says this is an election year, so Namibians should expect all sorts of things that will be shocking but not necessarily surprising.

“The Namibian Constitution says every Namibian can join a political party of their choice within the ambit and spirit of the law,” he says.

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